It seems it’s the end of the road for Saara Aalto on the X Factor UK. Sadly, the Finnish star exited the show during tonight’s Six Chair Challenge. It came after her spirited defense of herself and an attempt at singing a second song on-the-spot.
The Finnish singer made it through the Bootcamp stage last week, but it seems that this was a step too far. Saara performed the Ed Sheeran song “I See Fire” on the SSE Arena stage during tonight’s show. We were feeling it and so were Nicole and Simon…but not Sharon Osbourne. Booooo.
Saara Aalto — I See Fire
The Six Chair Challenge, for those of you who don’t know the format, sees acts perform in front of all four judges and an arena audience. The judge in charge of each category decides if an act has done well enough to “take a chair” and become part of their final six. The sting in the tail comes if a judge wants to add a contestant that performs once all six chairs on offer are taken. That contestant must take another acts chair, eliminating the previous act.
It sounds harsh and it really is. It’s been highly criticised in the UK media as being “too cruel” to put some of the acts through. Saara, unfortunately, came on to the stage with all six seats filled and Sharon just couldn’t remove one of them for her it seems.
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Nicole Scherzinger was seen supporting Saara to begin with. After all, Saara made “want to twerk right now” in her original audition. Scherzinger said that “if it were me, I’d give you a seat”.
Unfortunately, when Saara tried to sing once more, she made a big error, performing a song in French that the audience just did not get behind. Even Nicole had to come back at her, telling her “this was your one shot,” adding “this ain’t France!”
Saara did have some good fun though with Roman Kemp, the show’s digital presenter. She showed off her “princess voice”, as she performed in Frozen:
— Saara Aalto (@saaraaalto) September 25, 2016
But it might not be all over for Saara just yet. Spoiler alert: each judge will also gain a “wildcard” act for Judges Houses.
That decision will be made by the other three judges, so Saara could still have more time in the competition after all.
Will her original audition and Nicole’s support then help her through after all? Saara also happens to be in London, just two weeks before the live shows start…
What did you think of Saara Aalto’s performance tonight? Do you think she should have stayed on the show after all? Let us know in the comments section below.
Back in July, media reported that Eurovision: You Decide singer Bianca Claxton had given a very impressive audition to The X Factor judges. Judge Sharon Osborne was even reported to have picked Bianca as a “potential winner”.
But it doesn’t look like things worked out for the “Shine a Little Light” singer. She was not featured in the audition episodes, and by the time the bootcamp round came along, there was no sign of Bianca.
We can only assume that Bianca was either eliminated or chose to withdraw from the competition for other reasons. But given how popular her You Decide performance was, perhaps Bianca should have another attempt at representing the UK in 2017!